MVS Birmingham Supports Bletchley Park VE Day Campaign
While MVS activities are suspended nationally due to the impact of COVID-19, members in Birmingham have been honing their skills at home to contribute to a national campaign.
Bletchley Park was once Britain’s top-secret home of World War II codebreakers and launched the ‘Bunting for Bletchley’ campaign last month in a bid to decorate the park with more than 1,945 metres of homemade red, white, and blue bunting.
The decorations will welcome visitors to the park once it reopens, but were originally intended to help mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
With keen sewers among the Birmingham Unit’s ranks – and a few looking to improve their skills – the campaign’s challenge was taken up.
Dave Scotford, Birmingham’s Head of Unit said: “Staying at home to help protect the NHS means we all have more time on our hands, and it’s great to be using it to contribute to a campaign like this.
The MVS’ activities might well be suspended, but we’re encouraging members to keep practising their skills at home, whether it’s sewing or going through training material to keep their knowledge up to date.”
Photo: Volunteer Phoebe Belfield Shows off her handy work with a metre of red, white and blue bunting.